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Students from Years 8 ato 10 enjoyed plentiful snow and sun during the school ski trip to Austria last week.

The trip catered for students ranging in ability from absolute beginners to mini-Franz Klammers, including staff members who had a few tricks up their sleeves!

The party enjoyed some of the best conditions that the Alps have produced in years, with metres of fresh snow, even to lower levels, as well as some fun apres-ski in the form of games, bowling and cultural trips.

No doubt more stories will emerge from the trip in the next week or so, and we are awaiting the result of 'best wipe-out' from the holiday!

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

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Well done to the U11 boys who played some fantastic hockey at the West Regional Finals, and really showed how much they have improved this season.

The boys earned excellent victories against The Elms 1-0 and Mousehole 2-0, a tough draw against Castle Court 0-0 and narrow losses to King Edwards of Bath, Dean Close and Millfield.

Overall, it was a great day where the boys rose to the occasion and showed real determination against the best hockey schools in the South West. Well done, boys!

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Jono Lethaby fascinated the audience with his articulate and well-research speech on ‘Why is the grass always greener on the other side?’ on his way to winning the first part of this year’s Guy Hopson Cup. 

The judges were particularly impressed with Jono’s combination of humour and powerful argument, alongside his articulate style.

The standard of all fourteen entrants, whose brief was to give a five minute speech on a randomly selected topic, was extremely good, with the entrants speaking eloquently and lucidly on a range of topics.  In second place was Will Wardle, who outlined ‘Robert Mugabe’s place in history’ with Jules Brown third with ‘The most important person in the world is….’

The Guy Hopson Cup, named after a former teacher at West Buckland, is open to all Sixth Formers and comprises an 800 word essay on an academic topic and a five minute speech on a randomly selected topic.  The essays are currently being assessed and overall winner will be announced on Speech Day in June.

prep fund raising

The children of the Pre-prep and Nursery have reached a staggering total of £921.10 for Children's Hospice South West, that gives so much support and care to children who are terminally ill and their families. 

The children not only came to school in casuals, but they had a fun afternoon working in teams to complete a series of challenging activities against the clock. 

Thanks go to all the children who participated for their smiley participation and endless energy, and to their parents for collecting so many sponsors.